Morcilla

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$31 to $50
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Spanish
Award-winning chef Justin Severino brings contemporary Spanish influenced cuisine to the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Severino’s signature charcuterie program takes on a Spanish accent, enjoy pintxos from the bar and and large plates from a family-style menu to round out your experience. Refer to www.morcillapittsburgh.com for our current menu. Contact Morcilla for reservations larger than 4 guests.
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OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

It was very hot in the restaurant, so hot that it became uncomfortable finishing our meals

J
Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Overpriced and too much "trickery" in the tapas. Brandade doesn't need soggy potato chips, but does need bread. Pulpo buried in some muddy mix of "potato fondue" -- which was just gummy mash. Churros were wonderful. Service is one thing, but a wandering guy fussing with your napkin is intrusive and pretentious.

OT
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is nicely presented & flavorful. Lots of staff on hand to serve, clear & reset for next course. Our chief complaint: lack of lighting-it would be nice to see the food & read the menu without the light of a cell phone.

EW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was well orchestrated. Some tapas restaurants bring out plates in a random order as they are prepared. Morcilla brought dishes out in a logical order. Snacks first and then 2 logical groupings of small plates. The dishes were of excellent quality.

D
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding from the get go. We enjoyed the beet and pepper starters, the charcuteria (unbelievable) and the the Sopa large plate seafood pasta. Huge meal for 2 with all the seafood you could ever want. Absolutely great over the black ink pasta. There are a bunch of other dishes that were served around us that smelled and looked delicious. Service was appropriately paced and very attentive with good suggestions on selections and order volume. Excited to go back again.

VK
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

All in all the food tasted declisious but I found a lot of strong differences from food in spain. ( keep in mind I just visited Spain and I am only conparing to 4-5 restaurants there). I feel the portion size per quanity of food was disappointing. I received a lot less food then what I did in Spain for a LOT more in price. I understand that 5 tapas are a lot of food and should justify the price, but the portions need to be larger foe the price. Especially for the price. Oversloy the food and wine was delicious but there is no reason that experiencing the spanish experience should be 3 times the cost for way less food...plus there needs to be patatas bravas....

S
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I loved the food. The cocktails were great, especially the sangria roja. The chicken and rice (large plate) was the best I’ve ever had.

DS
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Morcilla is one of our “special occasion” places; this is the third or fourth time I’ve eaten here, and Morcilla continues to be my favorite high-end restaurant in Pittsburgh. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious but also interesting—the flavors are combined in ways I don’t normally experience. It’s food that makes you sit back in your seat and say “wow” through half a mouthful. The drinks are good, too, though if whiskey cocktails are your thing you don’t have a lot to choose from (if gin is your thing, you’ll be very happy). The servers are skilled and attentive, and in general it’s just a really great experience.

RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, good food and excellent service. It is pricier than your average place but it's worth it.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Very pushy. Defies the very soul of traditional tapas dining. We don’t care what you want or need, this is how you’re getting your food. Left one couple waiting for their choices for about 2/3 rds of the meal because “that’s the way we do it”

JC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Morcilla is my favorite Pittsburgh restaurant and we go often. The server was a bit inattentive/slow and told us to order everything at the same time so they knew how to stage/serve, which was new. Regardless, this is still my favorite. Everything else, as usual, was amazing! ❤️

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Amazing staff.

MK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular. I'm always on the hunt for restaurants in Pittsburgh that would survive in a more competitive market (there aren't many), and this spot is firing on all cylinders. Great service, great beverages, spectacular food, and dessert that isn't an afterthought.

OT
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The family feast was full of delicious offerings. Would recommend to all!

HR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice tapas place. Although I went with my sister, it would be great for an early date - sharing food tells you a lot about your date.

EO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently one of my favorite restaurants in the city.

OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is amazing!! Must try the octopus and oxtail!!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting for the week and this was a phenomenal meal and experience, I lived in Spain a few years ago and this is the best Spanish food I’ve had since then. Sense memories are the best and the food at Morcilla was an escape back to that time in my life.

H
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, impressive menu and lots of options. We had a great time and the server really took care of us from pre-dinner drinks through dessert.

FM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food is interesting but not outstanding. Quite pricey.
Service is excellent waite staff was very attentive and helpful with menu information.
Quite crowded and noisy.
You cant help but overhear your neighbors conversation.

JR
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

So, I will start by saying I would give it another try. Some things were great, some things were ok. The server was snooty, which is never fun, but the service was still good in general. We went on a Friday night, but the pacing of the dishes was still good. Our party really liked the beets, the oxtail, and the green beans. The seafood large plate was well liked, though I personally thought it was just ok. The desserts we tried, churros and crema, were excellent. I’d be willing to go back and try more. The small plates are genuinely small. Be prepared to order lots of dishes, which was fun. The harissa on the salad I ordered was super hot and there was a LOT of it, which our server led us to believe differently. Be warned lol! It is extremely loud, so did not lend itself well to conversation. It’s a small dining space.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice and cozy place, very delicious food and perfect service! For sure will be back:)

ED
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh...or anywhere, for that matter. The Chef is a culinary artist and everything that we had was creative and delicious. I look forward to returning, again and again.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening at Morcilla. The service was great and provide great recommendations. The trout is a can’t miss item!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing tapas. Best food in the city. Sangria is very good as well.

PR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, drink and service were absolutely excellent! The menu was not the standard fare one finds in most places, but every item we tried was delicious. We now consider Morcilla one of our favorite restaurants.

J
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good and one of my favourites in PGH

MG
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our anniversary and it was perfect!

J
Pittsburgh
108 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful "Family Feast". The flavor profiles are as good as you will find in Pittsburgh. The Oxtail Montadito was the standout, followed by the Beet Conserva, Charcuteria and Foie Blonde. Everything else was very good as well. Service was excellent. There was one misstep....the main course, Fideua de Mariscos, was served with about 25% of the clams and mussels unopened...4 clams and 2 mussels. Were they uncooked or bad???..who knows...and should it have left the kitchen that way? ?? No way. When advised, our server apologized and took those 6 back and returned with them opened. Just don't think things like that should happen.

C
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was extremely attentive and a wealth of knowledge. A true professional. Unfortunately, I forget her name.

KS
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great on point food. Beverages also matched appropriately. I’d go back in a heart beat next time I’m back in Pittsburgh. Just amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This place is way overrated. Felt rushed and not a pleasant dining experience. Wanted to celebrate my anniversary and definitely should have chosen a different place. Food was subpar.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding as usual!!

F
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Spanish food presented by a very professional and capable staff in a beautiful but crowded and noisy restaurant.

l
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Spectacular food: The octopus, scallop crudo and oxtail appetizers were especially delicious. We also loved the pitchers of house-made sangria and other drinks. And do yourself a favor: for dessert, just get the churros. On the downside, the restaurant is small, loud and dark, and the menu is not very appealing to kids. But our server was completely lovely and made several great recommendations, including the oloroso sherry with the churros.

AE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The oxtail starter plate was delicious!! We ordered a bunch of small plates which are all excellent. The Fideua de Mariscos was phenomenal. The cocktails were very good

h
Pittsburgh
75 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I are regulars at Morcilla. We find the food outstanding as far as taste and the use of creative ingredients is concerned. To be able to enjoy this in casual dress, in a relaxed environment, with friendly, knowledgeable servers and delicious beverages is why this is our favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh.

L
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Being totally honest... if you're a bit of a foodie or like a "classier" dining experience than average, you'll probably like Morcilla! Morcilla's service is a bit more formal than I usually like (i.e. having your food presented to you), but was outstanding regardless. The menu was a bit more exotic/adventurous than I usually like and personally, I thought the food was just decent. I probably won't bother returning, but, fun experience!

LW
Pittsburgh
26 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday meal was wonderful at Morcilla. We had the "feast" and that it truly was. Splendid and tasty describes every course. Would definitely try again.

R
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our go to restuarants when we come home to visit family. The Family Feast was transformative this trip! The foie blonde (with strawberry, rhubarb and Rainier cherry) and the beet conserva in particular bought us to food bliss. The charcuterie with porcini mushroom and rosemary was also amazing! #gaygourmands #droolworthy

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